On Sunday, February 25th, I worked with KAPOW (Kids And the Power Of Work) to document students from three elementary schools (George Washington Carver, Edison Park, Golden Glades) touring the University of Miami. Haley Gordon coordinated 165 kids to attend. The purpose of this tour was to educate the youngsters on the opportunities that may be available to them if they apply themselves in their education. Kids and Culture Club at the University of Miami provided the students with access to professors, campus facilities, and both graduate and undergraduate students on the day’s tour around the university.
Led by President Donna E. Shalala, the University is comprised of 12 schools and colleges serving more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students in more than 180 majors and programs. In 2010, U.S.News & World Report recognized UM as the No.1 higher education institution in Florida, ranking it No. 47 in its listings of “America’s Best Colleges; it also cited several of the university’s programs in the list of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”
Established in 1925 during the region’s famous real estate boom, the University of Miami is a major research university engaged in nearly $339 million in research and sponsored program expenditures a year. While the majority of this research is housed at the Miller School of Medicine, investigators conduct dozens of studies in other areas, including marine science, engineering, education, and psychology. The tour gave the KAPOW students an overview of the many educational and career opportunities available at a world-class university.
I think the kids, myself included, really enjoyed doing the mock broadcast at the School of Communication’s Broadcast Journalism department. They were thrilled at the opportunity to see what it was like to be in the studio and involved in a live cable television broadcast including all the steps from preparing the script to handling the cameras…and of course the exciting experience of “live on-air” broadcasting.
Below is a small sample of the day’s images.